Human Writes is a non-profit, humanitarian organisation which  befriends people on death row in the USA
There are prisoners on Death Rows all over the States who are in need of help to live like a human being for the time they are here.
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In Memorium of Prisoners Executed in the United States
In memoriam of prisoners executed in the United States

Prisoners executed in the United States in 2016


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Prisoners' artwork postcards available for sale.

I Just Want To Stay

"The volunteers of Human Writes seek to hold out the hand of friendship to men and women facing the death penalty. I am pleased to encourage them in their writing"
Most Reverend and Rt Hon George L Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury

"No matter its circumstances, dying is one of the most important things we ever do. I applaud all who offer compassion and hope to those facing death, especially in the terrible circumstances of Death Row. May God bless your work."
His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

A Prisoner Testimonial : "You are so right, people like Helene don't come along too often in this crazy world. I just replied to her letter. She stood by my side when darkness set upon me and gave me warmth when life felt so cold. I'm forever grateful for her love and support."

In Memoriam

> View In Memoriam for 2009
> View In Memoriam for 2011
> View In Memoriam for 2012
> View In Memoriam for 2013
> View In Memoriam for 2014
> View In Memoriam for 2015
> View In Memoriam for 2016
> View In Memoriam for 2017

Prisoners executed in the United States in 2010

Name US State Date of Execution
Gerald Bordelon Louisiana January 07 2010
Kenneth Mosley Texas January 07 2010
Sharif Mahdi Ohio January 07 2010
Gary Johnson Texas January 12 2010
Julius Young Oklahoma January 14 2010
Mark Brown Ohio February 04 2010
Martin Grossman Florida February 16 2010
Michael Sigala Texas March 02 2010
Joshua Maxwell Texas March 11 2010
Larry Reynolds Ohio March 16 2010
Paul Powell Virginia March 18 2010
Franklin Alix Texas March 30 2010
Darryl Durr Ohio April 20 2010
William Berkeley Texas April 22 2010
Sam Bustamante Texas April 27 2010
Kevin Varga Texas May 12 2010
Billy Galloway Texas May 13 2010
Michael Beuke Ohio May 13 2010
Paul Woodward Mississippi May 19 2010
Rogelio Cannady Texas May 19 2010
Darick Walker Virginia May 20 2010
Gerald Holland Mississippi May 20 2010
John Alba Texas May 25 2010
Thomas Whisenhant Alabama May 27 2010
George Jones Texas June 02 2010
Melbert Ford Georgia June 09 2010
John Parker Alabama June 10 2010
David Powell Texas June 15 2010
Ronnie Gardner Utah June 18 2010
Michael Perry Texas July 01 2010
William Garner Ohio July 13 2010
Derrick Jackson Texas July 20 2010
Joseph Burns Mississippi July 21 2010
Abdul Zakiy Ohio August 10 2010
Michael Land Alabama August 12 2010
Peter Cantu Texas August 17 2010
Holly Wood Alabama September 09 2010
Cal Brown Washington September 10 2010
Teresa Lewis Virginia September 23 2010
Brandon Rhode Georgia September 27 2010
Michael Benge Ohio October 06 2010
Donald Wackerly Oklahoma October 14 2010
Larry Wooten Texas October 21 2010
Jeffrey Landrigan Arizona October 26 2010
Phillip Halford Alabama November 04 2010
John Duty Oklahoma December 16 2010


Human Writes Patrons

"The very essence of the death penalty is to tell people that they are somehow sub-human, not fit to live. Yet even those people I have represented who did what they were accused of - a surprisingly limited number - have always been much better people than their worst fifteen minutes, as are we all. Those who recognise this by reaching out to the men and women on death row are true heroes, though I suspect they gain as much as they give to the relationship."
Clive Stafford Smith OBE, Founder of Reprieve and Patron, Human Writes

"As a journalist who has lived and worked in the United States, the horror of death row is one of the issues that never leaves you. The thread of humanity that Human Writes manages to sustain with men and women on death row is a profound contribution to keep alive the hope of life. Capital punishment is now on the retreat in America, but the numbers awaiting their fate are still very considerable. I am very honoured to have become a Patron of Human Writes and will hope to do my best to put my shoulder to the wheel".
Jon Snow Broadcaster and journalist, Patron, Human Writes

"In such an inhuman system small moments of human contact make a big difference. That's why I support Human Writes and why I would encourage you to do the same."
Gary Younge, Author and US-based feature writer for the Guardian, Patron, Human Writes

"I know what it is like to live in a cell for decades and feel that the whole world hates you. I never expected to be able to live again as a contributing member of a community. Prison life was precarious and unpredictable but I met people who worked there who wanted to help me and people like me - and I'm lucky that I live in a society graceful enough to offer me a second chance. At least I had hope. Hope for many of the people supported by Human Writes has all but been extinguished. Letters to people on Death Row let them know that however low they may have fallen, they are still human beings. They still have value and are worth caring about and letters might just help to keep hope alive. That is why I am honoured to have been invited to be a patron."
Erwin James, author and Guardian columnist, Patron, Human Writes